98 Top Quotes By Lewis Carroll, The Author Of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
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No girl can deny the fact that she never fantasied being Alice and spending sometime in the latter’s Wonderland having a taste of adventure. That itself reflects the influence Lewis Carroll has had on literature and the life of people. Author of the famous and bestselling book, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’, Lewis Carroll needs no introduction. An ace storyteller, he was a genius who crafted a fantasy world that every reader wanted to be a part of. Interestingly, Carroll first brought life to his character of Alice while on a boat ride with his sisters. It was upon the insistence of the girls that he started spinning stories of the topsy-turvy adventures of Alice in her Wonderland and rest as they say is history. In no time, Carroll became one of the most loved authors of English language, competing with the likes of Shakespeare and Bible as the most quoted works of literature in history. While his characters have become entrenched in our culture, his stories have been deemed classics and have been translated into countless different languages; so have been his quotes that give a new perspective to life and living. Explore this section and find a collection of quotes by Lewis Carroll. Get inspired.
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others. I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter. If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does. I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then Why it's simply impassible!
Alice: Why, don't you mean impossible?
Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing's impossible! Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe. Have I gone mad?
I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are. No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time. Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it. I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later. Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second. In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream? Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic. I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see? My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that. Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there He was part of my dream, of course -- but then I was part of his dream, too. How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another. Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up." - The Cheshire Cat. And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation? I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then. Tut, tut, child!" said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. The Mad Hatter: "Would you like some wine?"
The Mad Hatter: "We haven't any and you're too young. It is better to be feared than loved. It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' says the White Queen to Alice. The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time. Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--
turn your toes out when you walk---
And remember who you are! Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense. I'd give all the wealth that years have piled,
the slow result of life's decay,
To be once more a little child
for one bright summer day. Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! There is a place, like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am. I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things. Either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -"
"Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.
"Or else it doesn't, you know. Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go. Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves. No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise. You're not the same as you were before," he said. You were much more... muchier... you've lost your muchness. If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain? It would be so nice if something made sense for a change. We're all mad here. Im mad. You're mad Little Alice fell
bumped her head
and bruised her soul Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction. Speak English!' said the Eaglet. 'I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and I don't believe you do either! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one! Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court. Life, what is it but a dream? Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here. Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves She who saves a single soul, saves the universe. But, said Alice, if the world has absolutely no sense, who's stopping us from inventing one? Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to... I have seen so many extraordinary things, nothing seems extraordinary any more I wish I hadn't cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out.
I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears ! That's the reason they're called lessons," the Gryphon remarked: "because they lessen from day to day. We are but older children, dear,
Who fret to find our bedtime near. If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much! For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible. I'm very brave generally,' he went on in a low voice: 'only today I happen to have a headache.' (Tweedledum) Speak roughly to your little boy
and beat him when he sneezes!
he only does it to annoy,
because he knows it teases! What a strange world we live in...Said Alice to the Queen of hearts People who don't think shouldn't talk. Sentence first; verdict afterwards." -Queen of Hearts Well, when one's lost, I suppose it's good advice to stay where you are until someone finds you. Consider anything, only don’t cry! You're thinking about something, and it makes you forget to talk. The time has come
The walrus said
To talk of many things:
Of shoes- and ships-
And sealing wax-
Of cabbages and kings-
And why the sae is boiling hot-
And whether pigs have wings. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Thy loving smile will surely hail
The love-gift of a fairy tale. Do you suppose she's a wildflower? It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they always purr. Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice 'but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing i ever saw in my life!
She tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.
Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
But then, shall I never get any older than I am now? That'll be a comfort, one way -- never to be an old woman -- but then -- always to have lessons to learn!
Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky...
If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think. Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.